Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (MoICT) has awarded 70 million Uganda shillings grant to Gulu University who emerged as one of the 45 winners or innovators that won the National ICT Initiatives Support Program (NIISP) announced in early February.
The project named ‘Gulu University Digital Solutions Platform’ stood out among the 45 best according to Bagirre Vincent Waiswa the Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT in the award letter to the University dated 3rd February 2021.
The project will focus on creating a digital solution to support the public service delivery system in the country through digital education platforms and solutions to support the fight against coronavirus COVID19 pandemic.
The project will physically and virtually train all the stakeholders involved in the project and use media for strategic sensitizations on the subject matter including relevant focus discussion groups as a strategy of creating awareness and sensitization in the fight against Corona Virus throughout the country.
The project will take a period of six months starting in March 2021. After COVID19 broke out in the country, the Program called innovators to submit projects that can help support the fight against respiratory illness with a proposal call that was announced in April 2020.
According to a statement from the ministry of ICT and National Guidance, the call attracted over 950 online applications.
NIISP primarily aims at facilitating the growth and development of indigenous software applications to provide systematic and sustainable support to ICT innovators, to promote ICT products and services for improved service delivery.